Beauty salons, spas, and barbershops are one of the most profitable businesses in the United States. In our country, the beauty industry is comprised of about 750,000 beauty salons, hair and nail salons, barbershops, and spas.
According to a report by the Research and Markets, about 65,000 hair care salons and 5,000 barbershops alone pull in an estimated $19 billion each year. Regardless of whether you go to a beauty salon, spa, or hair and nail salon, you expect to get out of there relaxed, cheerful, and looking your best.
Unfortunately, it’s not all rainbows, butterflies and unicorns when you go to beauty salons to pamper yourself and to feel rejuvenated. “Thousands of people, both men and women, get injured at beauty salons, hair and nail salons, spas, and barbershops every year,” warns our Pittsburgh spa and beauty salon accident attorney at SMT Legal.
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Although most of us do not think about it when making an appointment at a beauty salon, these facilities are full of dangerous conditions and equipment, especially when these conditions are not maintained properly and the equipment is not handled or used properly.
Electrical equipment, sharp scissors, harsh chemicals… There are many causes of injury at beauty salons, which are responsible for a variety of injuries, including:
While you cannot prevent 100 percent of all beauty salon injuries, the vast majority of them can be prevented with this three-step guide:
More often than not, injuries at beauty salons, spas, and similar facilities are caused by incorrect or negligent use of equipment or products. As you may know, beauty salons and other related businesses are regulated by federal and state laws, which provide strict guidelines for licensing.
However, the lack of licensing is not the cause of all spa and beauty salon accidents. More often than not, men and women get injured at these facilities due to negligence or carelessness on the part of technicians or beauticians who perform procedures and treatments.
Under premises liability law in Pennsylvania, beauty salons, as all other businesses, must ensure a safe and sanitary environment for their visitors, licensees and invitees. The same duty of care extends to employees of these facilities (or technicians and beauticians in the case of beauty salons). This duty includes proper and reasonable use of tools and equipment when performing procedures.
However, a beauty salon may escape liability if your injury was caused by a product or tool that had a manufacturing or design defect. In that case, you may be able to file a product liability claim against the manufacturer of the defective product.